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Community LESLEY ROSE, OF CITIZENS ADVICE WINCHESTER EXPLAINS YOUR RIGHTS WHEN A DELIVERY GOES WRONG

estimated delivery date so you know when it will arrive. Some retailers ask you to return items that arrive damaged. If that’s the case, you need to repackage the vase and stick the returns label provided on the front of the parcel. Include the returns form, specifying your reason for sending it back. Depending on the retailer, you will either need to post the item through Royal Mail or they may offer to have it collected.You shouldn’t have to pay any postage costs. If you asked for a refund you can expect to be reimbursed within 14 days of the retailer agreeing you’re entitled to one.

"I've ordered a vase online but it's arrived broken. Is there anything I can do to get my money back?" It may seem logical to complain to the delivery company but it’s actually the responsibility of the retailer to ensure the item arrives in good condition. Call or email their customer service department and

explain the situation - you’ll find their contact details on the website or on your order form.You may be asked to email photos of the broken vase to prove it’s damaged. You will then be offered either a refund or a replacement. It’s up to you which one you accept, but if you want a replacement ask for an

BISHOP'S WALTHAM MUSEUM

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ave you ever visited the Bishops Waltham Museum at the farmhouse in The Palace Grounds? Did you even know a museum existed there? The museum is a valuable asset to the community housing numerous local artefacts. Each year an exhibition is staged and this year's subject will be in the High Street shops, many of which are extremely old. Did you know the Merchants House will be 400 years old next year? The museum gained accreditation last year following much hard work logging all the artefacts, labelling the exhibits etc.

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This year we would like to open the museum for longer hours. It is open from 2.00pm until 4.00pm Saturdays and Sundays, bank holidays and for special events. We would now like to open from 12.00 until 4.00pm on these days. The shifts can split into two x two hour slots if required, but for this to happen we need more volunteers. To be a volunteer you do not need to be a historian, or to have a great knowledge of Bishops Waltham. All you need is a friendly and welcoming manner. If you are new to the village, this could be a great way for you to meet other people.

For further advice, contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. Citizens Advice Winchester District is an independent charity and runs face-to-face sessions in Winchester, Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham, Denmead, Wickham, as well as a phone help line and web chat to make it easier for people to access its free and impartial advice service. Anyone requiring advice or support can get help online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ winchester-district or by calling the Adviceline on 03444 111306.

Training is given and you will always be with another experienced person. There is masses of information available to read and learn from in the museum. Our visitor numbers are increasing and come from all corners of the globe as well as locally. Imagine being able to enrich their visit! Does this sound like something you could do and would like to do? Your commitment does not have to be onerous, and can fit in with your own arrangements. If you would like to find out more, please call Dawn Woodsford on 01489 894640 or dawnwoodsford@hotmail.co.uk or Gill Williams 01489 896566


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Community CHARITY FASHION SHOW WITH RHIAN FASHION HOUSE

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adies Let's Lunch, at the Concorde Club organized by Sandy Jones of Rhian Fashion House Warsash, raised the roof with all the lovely ladies in the Christmas spirit. Proceeds of £3,000 will be going to the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust towards funding the new Centre for Cancer Immunology at Southampton General Hospital. The next show is 4 April 2017 back at the Concorde Club. A big thank-you for all the support with the charity lunches; Sandy has been running these shows for various charities for 24 years with her great team behind her. Wessex Cancer Trust, NSPCC, Dave Wellman Cancer Trust, The Brain

Trust, Countess Mountbatten Hospice, Alzheimer's Society, Parkinson's Disease Society, and Toe in the Water are some of the charities that Sandy and her ladies have raised valuable funds for over the years. The fashion shows started in local schools but have now progressed to higher profile venues such as Wentworth Golf Course, Tenerife Golf Del Sur, the prestigious Chewton Glen, The Rose Bowl, Concorde Club and the Southampton Boat Show. For more information, please visit: www.rhianfashionhouse.co.uk/ fashionshows

BATH CAMERATA PERFORM IN BOTLEY

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n December, Botley Church resounded to the wonderful voices of Bath Camerata, a choir who performed modern and classical Christmas music beautifully. Demonstrating the depth and range of American song, they delivered renditions of classics such as White Christmas and modern composers such as Whitacre and Lauridsen. This was balanced by the music of English and other composers and arrangers, from Britten and Parry to Todd and Bennett. From the deeply sacred (The Lamb by John Taverner) to the totally joyous

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(12 Days of Christmas arranged by Humphris) the choir showed not only that the English choral tradition is alive and kicking, but also that the musical heritage in Botley is also thriving. Botley is lucky to have a lively music scene with regular concerts in the Church and other local venues well supported by the local community, as well as a large and highly rated Choral Society which performs regularly across Hampshire. Details of concerts and other music can be obtained by ringing 01489 782445.

Calendar EVERY FRIDAY Bishops Waltham Country Market Your Local Country Market. Homebaked cakes & savouries, seasonal fruit & veg, homemade jams, chutneys & marmalades, seasonal plants, local free range eggs, crafts, refreshments. Held at Jubliee Hall, Little Shore Lane, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1ED. www.bwcountrymarket.co.uk 9.15am - 11.00am. THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY Explorers Trail at Marwell Zoo Be a wild explorer! Pick up your Explorers Trail at our info cabin for a suggested donation of £1. We suggest families bring a pencil to complete the name and activities of children taking part, but the trail can be done without a pencil by collecting all eight stamps around the park at some of our favourite animal enclosures. Once you've completed the trail don't forget to stop in at our shop to claim your free sticker.You could even win annual membership for 2 adults and 2 children! Normal admission applies. For more information: www.marwell.org.uk/zoo. Marwell Wildlife, Thompsons Lane, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1JH SATURDAY 18 TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY February Half Term Trail at Hinton Ampner Get outdoors and closer to nature this half term. The gardens at Hinton are full of nooks and crannies - perfect for outdoor adventures. This February halfterm, try out the new naturethemed family trail; kids will learn lots of intriguing facts as they work their way round the challenge. Suggested donation £1 per trail. Normal admission applies. Booking not needed. Hinton Ampner, Alresford SO24 0LA FRIDAY 24 MARCH Great Hampshire Cake Sale in Aid of Hampshire & I.O.W Air Ambulance 9am - 4pm at St Maurice's Covert, Winchester. Come and buy delicious homemade cakes. If you would like to contribute or help, please contact:Victoria Cobden victoria.cobden@outlook.com 07721 488953. Please support - anybody could need the air ambulance at any time.


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Community DROXFORD JUNIOR SCHOOL IN THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING NEW LOCKERS

had a tour of the school and met our school council (pictured). Afterwards she kindly made a personal donation to our project. As a parent of young children myself, I know how equally exciting and nerveracking school visits, workshops and parent meetings can be in the run up to making school applications.Yet as Headteacher of Droxford Junior School, with my team, I am already looking forward to welcoming the next group of Year 3 children, and their parents, who will be joining us in the Autumn term. At our school, we have already set a date for our next Year 2 ‘Open Day’ day in October 2017, although we always offer individual visits to parents who are interested in learning more about our wonderful school. We are very proud to show prospective parents our children at work and play; our facilities and enrichment activities and the culture of Droxford Junior School. This stems from our ethos and core values and is visible in our engaging and motivating classrooms and hallways.

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n the November issue of Forum, our school was featured promoting a school locker scheme. We are in the process of installing lockers which will help the children and the school by providing: • Safety in the corridors • To prevent personal belongings from getting lost • Encouraging children to take responsibilities for their own personal belongings

Giving the children ownership and to prepare them for secondary school Maintaining cleanliness and tidiness both personal and for the school as a whole

We currently have places in Year 4 so if you would like a tour to see the school (and its lockers) then I would be delighted to show you around. To arrange a visit, simply call the school on: 01489 877537 or email: adminoffice@ droxford.hants.sch.uk.

We are really grateful that many parents, members of the community and local businesses have helped us raise just over £6,000 – the total needed being £7,000. One donation came with a very special visitor – The Mayor of Winchester! She

For more information contact Mr Dampier on: Tel: 01489 877537 adminoffice@droxford.hants.sch.uk www.droxfordjunior.co.uk

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NEW LEADER FOR WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL January. Cllr Horrill was previously portfolio holder for Housing. She replaces Cllr Stephen Godfrey who stands down after 18 months in the position.

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llr Caroline Horrill is the new Leader of Winchester City Council. She takes up the role following her appointment at full Council on 11

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Cllr Horrill said: “I am grateful for the support of my fellow councillors for appointing me to be Council Leader. I absolutely promise to fulfil the role to the best of my ability with integrity and vision.” “We must adopt a new businessminded, innovative and entrepreneurial approach to delivering financial stability to the Council and so ensure

we can deliver the highest quality services for our residents, businesses and visitors and that meet the outcomes we have identified in our Council Strategy.” “Now some may see change as a risky business, but it does also bring an opportunity – to review, to re-assess, to re-focus and to re-energise. My approach to our work will be inclusive and collaborative. My view is that we will serve the people of Winchester best if we work this way.” Winchester City Council Tel: 01962 840222 www.winchester.gov.uk City Offices, Colebrook Street Winchester, SO23 9LJ


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Church Services Catholic Church of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Bishop's Waltham

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St. Mary & All Saints' Droxford

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St. Peter & St. Paul Exton

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Evangelical Methodist Church Hambledon

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St. Andrew's Church

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SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 10.30 Holy Communion SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 08.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 18.30 Taizé SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 09.30 All Age Service

The Church of The Blessed Mary

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Methodist Church Swanmore

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 10.30 Church

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15.00 Local Arrangement

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SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 10.30 Morning Service 18.00 Evening Service

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St Barnabas Swanmore

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Family Eucharist 18.30 Evening Prayer SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist

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Family Time 18.30 Eucharist SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 08.00 Eucharist 10.00 Parish Eucharist 18.30 Evening Prayer WEDNESDAYS 11.00 Eucharist

Upham

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 11.00 Family Service 18.30 Evensong SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 11.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 11.00 Parish Communion

The Church of Our Lady Warnford

SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY 09.00 Parish Communion SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 09.00 Holy Communion SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 09.00 Matins SATURDAYS 09.00 Morning Prayer

St. John the Evangelist West Meon

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Hampshire Mum Hygge- What the Heck? ow I’m not best known for my ‘less is more’ approach to life especially when it comes to interior design. But I’m happy in the knowledge that we Pagans feel at home in our grey and green painted rooms with all the clutter of life and personal effects surrounding us. Yet the New Year can often bring you up sharp making you feel like a change is required. Isn’t everything looking a tad tired and trite?

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and sticks seem to feature large in the Hygge environment, images of little feet cocooned in cashmere socks toasting gently by a log burning stove decorated with twig wreathes and stars proliferate, happily accompanied by links to websites that provide such necessities.

“What you need to do”, said my interior designer guru chum, “Is ‘shop you own house’.” “Eh?” “Yes! It’s the latest thing, you either change things around or look in the back of your cupboards to discover things you’ve put away and forgotten about. It’s a whole new look for nothing!”

But if you can knit you’re a Hygge natural!! There’s nothing nicer in the Hygge day, after you’ve swept the wooden floor with a birch twig broom, prepared your fish and lentil casserole and lit your home made organic wax candles, than settling down to knit another pair of fingerless mittens and matching gloves, winter's here after all.

I wasn’t at all convinced that my mums old china piggy bank, a cut glass sugar bowl that we got as a wedding present and a large platter emblazoned with palm trees and the words ‘a present from the Costa Del Sol’ was quite the interior style I was after- SO Seventies darling!

There’s nothing new under the sun really. Think Shaker or Minimalism goes country and you’re in Hygge territory. Yet there is a wonderful sentiment attached to this ‘new’ way of life- using only what you need without the excesses of modern life, (oh dear, could be tricky), eating and living sustainably, being at one with nature and in touch with your feelings, living in the moment and taking time to feel both spiritually and physically. Talking of which, on page twenty-nine of my little book what I took to be a dead creature in amongst the organic cotton bed linen was actually a faux fur cushion! Phew, that may have been a step too far even for this slavish follower of interior fashions.

Clearly my chum picked up on my scepticism. “Well what about a de-clutter then- not that I’m saying you need too Sandra - why not get into Hygge?” “Hygge? What the heck is that?” At that point she handed me a tiny book…… Hygge, (which for the uninitiated is pronounced ‘hue gah’), is loosely speaking the Danish word for comfort - creating a feeling of intimacy. The slim volume enlightened me on all things Hygge, but to be honest this new found interior style had a smidgen of ‘ I saw you coming ‘ about it. The basics seem to be that it’s helpful to live somewhere really cold- Scandinavia is the ideal, Scotland is more than acceptable. So you may be pushing your luck if you live in a part of Hampshire that just occasionally acknowledges a chance of black ice only after the gritting lorries have been out. But hey, let's not ruin the illusion. Within this volume are plenty of photos of hands grasping bowls of warming oat slop, sorry porridge, sprinkled with the most unlikely and hard to source whole foods. But, hey, if you’re into Hygge you’ll find them. Socks

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Collecting sticks from a local copse? Don’t be ridiculous. These are specially imported Scandinavian twigs fashioned into objets d’art.

The thing is, though, as I leaned up against the full length radiator my chubby fingers clutching the Earl Grey, it occurred to me that we Pagans have long had our own version of Hygge- simply a huge hug! There’s nothing more comforting than a mutual hug with The Husband, no matter how rare, and no finer feeling than having the last of the air in one's lungs being squeezed out of you by burly teenagers Stars I and II. And in the winter months we do hibernate by the evening log fire and eat copious casseroles AND I knit. There’s even a birch wreath bedecked with fairy lights in the kitchen! We Pagans have been practising Hygge for years! Who knew! Sandra Pagan


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invited on stage to join in with singing and to perform some special Egyptian style moves during the Pharoah's song. The children were accompanied by the school band which consisted of:Year 3 teacher Judy Meads on piano; Martin Macbeath on bass guitar; Simon Lowes, a governor of the school, on drums; Sarah Thorne, Reception teacher, on violin; Ethan Childs on trumpet and Alex Kimish playing the saxophone and clarinet. Both Ethan and Alex are

THE MAYOR OF WINCHESTER’S COMMUNITY AWARDS 2016/17

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community activity from all corners of the Winchester district.” Cllr Rutter added: “We know that people really treasure these awards. Our district is fortunate in having such a strong volunteering community. Their contribution of time and skills each year provides practical support and companionship for the most vulnerable in our society. Volunteers are also the mainstay of most of the sporting, cultural and leisure organisations which enrich our lives and keep us healthy. Volunteers provide the bedrock of our civilised society, and these awards celebrate that huge contribution.” To make a nomination you can contact your District Councillor or local Parish Council with details of your

ex-pupils of the school and were invited back to help with the school's all singing and dancing production. The stage was awash with colour as all pupils dressed up for this special show in a range of Egyptian outfits. Joseph was played by Year 6 pupil Daniel Mills who learnt all of the songs off by heart and was absolutely word perfect all three nights. Headteacher Sara Willoughby said, "The school's performance of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat was truly remarkable. I am normally racing about backstage putting on microphones but I was able to watch at the front this time and the overall effect of the show was breath-taking. The children sang their hearts out and their energy was inspiring. The show really is a true example of team work as members of staff and children throughout the school worked together to make it such a success. I would like to thank everyone: parents, children and staff for their support; not many children get the opportunity to perform on a real stage like this and it is the hard work and dedication of all the staff and children that makes such a wonderful opportunity happen." For more information contact the school: Tel: 01489 572393 admin@hookwithwarsash.co.uk

nominee/s so that they can submit the nomination on your behalf for consideration by the selection panel. Or you can nominate somebody directly with the on-line form at www. winchester.gov.uk All nominees will receive a certificate of appreciation, and a small number will be selected to receive Mayor’s Volunteering Awards. Details of your District Councillor or Local Parish Council can also be found on the Winchester City Council website at www.winchester.gov.uk The closing date for nominations is 10 February 2017 and the nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony on 29 March. If you wish to discuss your nomination or any aspect of the Mayor of Winchester’s Community Awards please contact The Mayor’s Secretary on 01962 848 259 or email Mayorssecretary@ winchester.gov.uk


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THE SEARLE & TAYLOR CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS

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've been knitting since I was just a little girl and have enjoyed knitting for both my children and me over the years. I then started cross stitching about 24 years ago when my daughter was learning it at school, a bit later I even went in and helped the kiddies learn to knit! I've always wanted a shop of my own and the opportunity suddenly presented itself a couple of months ago. I love knitting shops, they are a great meeting place for a natter and to make new friends. There's something just so appealing about all those lovely balls of wool or pretty pictures to make. It will be a learning curve for me for sure but ideas or comments are always welcome along with suggestions for stocked items. It will be lovely to see you! I have all things for cross stitching, knitting & crochet along with a few other interesting bits and pieces. Of course, with all these lovely things around me I do wonder if I'll ever get any work done!

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ampshire-based premium kitchen retailer extends special anniversary SALE. With Hampshire’s largest kitchen showroom in Ropley, and a boutique showroom in Winchester, Searle & Taylor has been designing and making beautiful kitchens for 25 years. As a skilled cabinetmaker in his own right, Searle & Taylor managing director, Darren Taylor was 18 years old when he started the business working with former partner, Jeff Searle. Hand-making pine kitchens from a farm workshop in East Worldham near Alton, the company achieved word of mouth success from the start and went on to manufacture kitchens on larger scale before developing into a retail business and focusing on its current offer.

It is my intention to stock as broad a range as possible, both in the range of items themselves and prices. This way, the best choices can be made for all levels of experience and pockets! There also kits for children to try along with a few different crafting items to ring the changes every now and then. Stitched Up Tel: 01329 833183 www.stitchedupwickham.co.uk

Searle & Taylor specialises in designing and making pure bespoke hand-painted kitchens, while also featuring contemporary furniture such as the German Poggenpohl and Intuo and EWE brands from Austria. But, kitchens are often only part of the plan these days, as more homeowners are choosing to extend in order to create open plan living and lifestyle spaces, and the company’s highly-trained design team has years of experience working alongside architects and builders. Searle & Taylor has been part of the fabric of Hampshire’s business community for 25 years. During that time, the premium independent kitchen design business has sold over 1,500 kitchens in Hampshire, the Home Counties and also in London. 2017 is a special year for Searle & Taylor as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary and thanks to increased demand, the company is extending its New Year SALE until the end of February. With 10% off all kitchen furniture, worktops, appliances and accessories, every customer that places an order will receive complimentary gift of 25 bottles - two mixed cases of white and red wine and a bottle of Champagne, fulfilled by the Naked Grape in Alresford. Plus they will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a Miele Countertop Coffee Machine worth £1,400. Searle & Taylor - T: 01962 850 851 www.searle-taylor.co.uk 20

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Some Key Rotary Dates for your 2017 Diary

Carnival and Show The key date for your diary is Saturday 10th June 2017. As usual, we aim to improve on the previous year’s event; however successful it has been. This year we have a great theme: ‘Space: The Final Frontier’. Our thanks go to Jason Guard of White and Guard estate agent in Bishop’s Waltham for their continued sponsorship of the carnival; now into its eighth year.

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As many of you know, the Gateway Club is a brilliant charity for adults with learning difficulties. It aims to provide a fun and safe environment for all of its members. The Gateway Club is one of the main recipients of charitable funds collected by BW Rotary. Here is a picture of a Christmas visit from BW Rotary, and Santa distributing presents.

We are confident that the theme offers endless possibilities for having fun and dressing up to participate in the procession. So get your thinking cap on and decide what costume you will wear. Is it ‘Star Trek’ related? Does it have a ‘Star Wars’ theme? Or, 2001 a Space Odyssey, or an alien; is it about Apollo 13? Whatever it is, there is space for you in the procession along with bands and other entries. As usual, there will be arena

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our ancient world and view stars and planets millions of years old through state-of-the-art telescopes. In May 2016 the South Downs National Park gained International Dark Sky status due to its low levels of light pollution – what better way to celebrate this achievement than by stargazing on the highest point of the National Park? This event is part of the South Downs ‘Dark Skies’ Festival running from Friday 10 Feb – Sunday 26 February 2017. Celebrate the new South Downs International Dark Skies Reserve designation at star parties, talks and family activities across February halfterm! Find more events and activities taking place across the National Park at www.southdowns.gov.uk/ darkskiesfestival Adults £5 / Under 16s free. Visit: www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ EJEEHE to book.

events and many, many stalls, as well as the parade and display of vintage cars. Stroke Awareness The key date for your diary is Saturday 1st July 2017. This service to the community has proved to be very popular each year; and even more importantly saved the lives of a number of people by highlighting some health issues.You don’t need to be old to have a stroke! A stroke can have a devastating effect on anyone, and their families. We are urging everyone, whatever their age, to take the first step to have their blood pressure checked. Every year 150,000 people will have a stroke in the UK and it is estimated that up to 40% of these could be prevented by controlling high blood pressure. The Stroke Awareness event, in conjunction with The Stroke Association will be held in the King’s Centre on Saturday 1st July. So put it in your diary. Family and Fun Sports Day The Annual Road Race and Fun Run will this year be combined with the Carnival at Hoe Road on the 10th June. There will be races of all types for all ages. The details have yet to be finalised, and will be made available soon. So get training! www.bishopswalthamrotary.org.uk

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n Sunday April 2nd 2017, the Alresford Community Choir will be performing the first part of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah in the Harvey Hall Performing Arts Centre, St. Swithun’s School, Winchester, to raise funds for the Murray Parish Trust. The choir’s target is to raise £8,000 to donate towards the Trust’s #TwoMillionSteps national appeal. The choir will be accompanied by the Hanover Band, a renowned and much-recorded professional Baroque orchestra, and the principal parts of the work will be performed by four young professional soloists, Erica Eloff, Amy Williamson, William Wallace and Ed Hawkins. William is the 2016 winner of prestigious London Handel Prize, and Erica the 2008 winner of the same prize. The Murray Parish Trust was set up by Sarah Parish and her husband James Murray after they lost their first daughter Ella-Jayne to a congenital heart defect. The Trust was founded to make sure that The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton hospital has the best, up-to-date lifesaving equipment it needs, and the space to use it in. So far, with the support and help of the Trust’s partners, over £300,000 has been raised. These vital funds have gone directly towards funding a full-time counsellor for parents whose children have been admitted to the unit, a specialist helicopter gurney designed to transport critically ill infants to and from the hospital on board the children’s air ambulance and the provision of two new bed spaces. In June 2016, The Murray Parish Trust announced the launch of its #2MillionSteps nationwide appeal to help build a state-of-the-art children’s emergency and trauma department at University Hospital Southampton. The new department will become a major trauma centre delivering life-saving and acute specialist care for critically ill children from nine different counties across the south of England, stretching from Devon to West Sussex, Oxfordshire to The Channel Islands. University Hospital Southampton has committed £800,000 to the project to date – and the target is to raise a further £2 million by June 2018, which the Government has already pledged to match fund. For more information about the Murray Parish Trust, visit their website at http://www. themurrayparishtrust.com/ or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ themurrayparishtrust and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Themurrayparish. The ACC concert on April 2nd will begin at 7.30pm, and tickets are priced from £35.00 to £15.00 (for Concessions), available either on-line at www. alresfordchoir.com or at Six West newsagents in Alresford. General enquiries about tickets (but not bookings) should be made by calling: 07970-854531

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Calendar SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY Imbolc at Butser Ancient Farm Join us for a celebration in the Great Round House as we start bringing the farm back to life after the winter. Learn the background to Imbolc, watch the ceremonial fire lighting and enjoy storytelling and singing. Pre-booking is essential. Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton, PO8 0BG. Tel: 02392 598838 WEDNESDAY 8 FEBRUARY Hambledon Folk Club North Sea Gas Veterans of the folk scene, this hugely entertaining Scottish folk band combine guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, whistles and bouzouki with fine vocal harmonies and good humour. 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm). Entry: £10.00 (£8.00 members, £5.00 under 18s and students) For reservations phone: 023 9263 2719 or email folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk SATURDAY 18 SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY February Half Term Trail at Uppark House Pick up our family trail this half term and explore the grounds. Families can hunt for signs of spring on this half-term trail that takes children around Uppark's easy to navigate gardens. Inside, you'll discover a magnificent dolls' house, underground tunnels and servants quarters that'll reveal more about life 'below stairs' in this grand house. Suggested donation £1 per trail. 10am - 4.30pm. Tel: 01730 825415 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ uppark-house-and-garden. MONDAY 20 FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY All The Fun at the Fair - Half Term Activities at Queen Elizabeth Country Park Come join the education team for this circus themed event. Start with a craft, then through to the visitor centre for circus workshop with Juggling Jake then take a walk in the park following our circus trail. This is a two hour event. Booking is essential please phone the Visitor Centre for times and booking. £10 per child. Tel: 02392 595040. Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, Horndean, PO8 0QE


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We are proud of the family team and long hours of work establishing our vines on our farm, and of our superb winemakers Emma Rice and Jacob Leadley at Hattingley Winery.”

A FAMILY FARMING HERITAGE, ONE AIM; RAIMES ENGLISH SPARKLING

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eople will love it, it is very easy drinking with fine bubbles and a lively, spicy and interesting nose” - Peter Richards MW and Susie Barrie MW. Nestled in the chalky hills of the South Downs in Hampshire three classic champagne grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are grown, tended and harvested by hand by the Raimes family. Six years on from planting and the result is an elegant, pale gold, fresh and well balanced sparkling wine, bottle fermented in the traditional method. The South of England is fast becoming an area renowned for sparkling wine production. The Raimes vineyards between Cheriton and Hinton Ampner lie on south facing slopes on essentially the same chalk which runs through the soils of Champagne. This soil, aspect and Hampshire’s climate

provide the perfect terroir for growing grapes for sparkling wine with excellent minerality, balance, good acidity and complexity. A very long growing season starting early in the Spring and going on into late autumn allows the flavours to really develop in the grapes. The first release from Raimes is a Blanc de Noirs, which is a white wine made from red grapes, in this case Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine spent 24 months on the lees which lends the wine more creaminess and a lovely texture. Already a silver medal winner in the WVA Wine of the Year competition, the judging panel praised “lemon sherbet with elegant bready overtones.Youthful. Rich brioche, chalky, mineral flavours balanced with citrus”. Robert and Augusta Raimes said “We are thrilled to be awarded this very special silver medal right at the beginning of our journey.

Tasting Notes: Dominic Lockyer, Fareham Wine Cellar “The bead is fine. The nose has aromas of baked fruit, quince, red apples and a hint of toast, brioche note. On the palate it is rich and full and the mousse is quite persistent. There are flavours of red berry fruits and a hint of spice. The finish is dry and lingering. A stylish sparkling wine with a lovely texture. Great stuff ” Only 900 bottles of this particular vintage were produced, so get in quick! Each bottle is hand-numbered, a nice touch. This year will see the release of two more delicious wines; 2014 Blanc de Noirs due for release in June followed by their Classic Reserve at the end of the autumn. Raimes English Sparkling 2013 Blanc de Noirs can be purchased through Raimes online shop at £29.95 and at The Naked Grape in Alresford, Four Marks and Hungerford, Fareham Wine Cellar, Fareham and at The Tichborne Arms. www.raimes.co.uk/ product/2013-blanc-de-noirs/

LAMBING DAYS Come and see our new arrivals and find out what goes on around the farm at lambing time!

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CLAIRE THURLOW he blackbird is busy in the garden, searching for insects. Despite the winter sunshine, the thermometer reads -5 and the sparkling layer of frost is unlikely to melt all day. A circle of ice, removed from the birdbath yesterday, remains solid on the grass, and the kettle-full of water poured in only hours ago has already frozen over. Christmas has come and gone, but the words of the carol “earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone” certainly ring true today. In the bleak midwinter maybe, but the blackbird is getting on with business. He makes a surprising amount of noise for such a slight creature, picking his way through drifts of beech leaves which have blown to the lawn edges. But the leaves are stiff with frost and food is hard to find. Disgusted, he tosses a leaf aside and hops across the lawn. He stamps, making vibrations to lure worms to the surface. He stops, head cocked, listening, but worms are not to be had, they lie safe and snug below the lawn. So the blackbird must be resourceful, polishing off remaining windfall apples and berries, as well as food offered by humans. He is a surprisingly fussy diner. Sultanas are popular, but raisins are ignored; blueberries or grapes slightly best their best are pounced on, but raspberries are pecked then abandoned. This blackbird is not alone; he shares this patch with three other adult males, all with glossy black plumage, orange beaks and distinctive ring around the eye. Earlier I saw a female, brown with a mottled chest, watching them from a bare branch, but she’s flown, leaving the males to it. They forage in close proximity, unconcerned with the others’ presence. In spring this peaceful coexistence will be over, and territorial scrapping will begin, marked by a return of the glorious, flute-like song which makes the blackbird one

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of Britain’s most popular birds. In winter there may be little in the way of singing, but the loud and persistent ‘chink chink’ alarm call is often heard when a perceived predator is around. There are more blackbirds at the other end of the garden, foraging beneath the old apple tree. How many are native birds, and how many are visiting from Scandinavia or colder European climes, is impossible to say, but the RSPB estimates that between October and March there are up to 15 million blackbirds overwintering in Britain. Blackbirds come and go. In spring they are a common sight in gardens and parks, but after summer’s frantic breeding season, in autumn many adjourn to hedgerows and woodlands which offer a feast of berries. Now they’re back in abundance some days we have a flock of them in the garden. ‘Flock’ seems too mundane a term for such a characterful bird. If there’s a charm of goldfinches, a murder of crows and an ascension of larks, why not something more evocative for the poor blackbird? Although I’m told in New Zealand they have a ‘keg’ of blackbirds (party birds indeed!). And what about the old nursery rhyme? “Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”? Well, I did unearth an old Somerset recipe for Blackbird Pudding, which called for liver, bacon, onions, field mushrooms and plenty of brown sauce. I think it would take an awful lot of HP to make blackbird palatable, but who knows? And there are accounts of Tudor chefs encasing live blackbirds in pastry to tantalise the guests; so Heston Blumenthal’s madcap culinary experiments are nothing new (sorry, Heston). Some say the rhyme refers to Henry VIII’s romance with Anne Boleyn, others claim it was a coded message used by Blackbeard the pirate. But the suggestion I like best is that seeing a blackbird is a good omen. So as winter closes in, I wish you a New Year full of blackbirds!


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